Brazoban released by Dodgers
Right-hander struggled to recover from elbow, shoulder surgeries
PHOENIX -- Four years of arm problems were more than the Dodgers could handle with Yhency Brazoban, who was released by the club Thursday.
The 28-year-old Brazoban, who developed into a hard-throwing closer after his acquisition from the Yankees in the Kevin Brown trade in 2003, did not show this spring that he could recover from elbow and shoulder operations.
In 2005, he saved 21 games as a fill-in for the injured Eric Gagne while appearing in 74. But he needed Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in 2006 and shoulder labrum surgery in 2007.
Throughout his comeback, Brazoban was dogged by weight problems. He came up sore again early this Spring Training and was reassigned to Minor League camp last week.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.